French Club Constitution

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section I: Name
The name chosen for the club is French Club.

Section II: Purpose/Mission
The club's purpose is to promote the use of French language as well as the interest in French speaking countries on the CSB/SJU campuses, and to reinforce the work done in French courses.

Section III:
There is no affiliation with any regional or national organization.

Article II: Membership

Section I: Eligibility for Membership
All students are invited to join the club.

Section II: Voting and Member Criteria.
Any students who attend French club meetings and events may vote. Quorum needed to vote is two club officers plus one member.

Section III: Removal of Members
Students who disobey campus policies at meetings or events will be warned by the club officers.  If there is a second offense, the students in question will be referred to the faculty advisor who will decide whether or not the student will be censored from the club. 

Article III: Officers

Section I: Officer Qualifications
French club officers must be a former or present student in CSB/SJU French courses or students who meet the intermediate French level.

Section II: Elected Officers
There will be two co-presidents who will share equal responsibilities for the organizations of the meetings and events, as well as budgetary matters.

Section III: Duties of Officers
See Article III, Section II.

Section IV: Vacancy in Office
If there is a vacancy one of the other officers will take over until a new officer is elected at the following meeting. If the president leaves office, the co-president will assume the former president's duties until an election is held (which should be within 2 weeks of the vacancy occurring).

Section V: Removal of Officers
The faculty advisor will remove a club officer if he/she does not fulfill the required duties.

Section VI: Appeal for Removal of Officers:
Appeals can be made in writing to the chair of the MCL department within two weeks of notification of dismissal.

Article IV: Elections

Section I: Nomination process:
Elections will be declared in the month of May.

Section II: Election

E-mail will be sent to French Club members.  In April, a meeting will be held to elect officers. The meeting will be announced in the distribution list as well as through French club courses.

Section III: Special Election
The election will take place within two weeks of the vacancy occurring.

Article V: Advisor

Section I: Selection
Club officers will ask an interesting advisor in the faculty.

Section II: Duties
The advisor will advise on and off about organization of activities and he/she will also help promote club activities in French courses.

Article VI: Meetings

Section I: Regular Meeting/Club Activities
Meetings will be held at least twice every semester.

Section II: Special Meetings
See Article IV, Section II.

Section III: Parliamentary Authority
If the president is absent, the co-president will direct meetings.  Decisions will be taken by consensus of if necessary, by secret ballots.

Section IV: Quorum
See Article II, Section II.

ArticleVII: Committees:

Section I:
Not Applicable

Section II:
Not Applicable

Article VIII: Finances 

Section I: Co-Funding Board
Apply for CFB monies and follow all rules and regulations.

Section II:
Not Applicable

Section III:
Not Applicable.

Article IX: Amendments

Section I: Ratification
Not Applicable

Section II: Submittal to Department of Student Activities and Joint Club Board
Any changes made to this constitution must be submitted to the Department of Student Activities and the JCB.

Article X:

The French Club admits students without regard to their race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and other activities, generally accorded or made available to members of the organization. 

Article XI:

The French Club considers hazing to be a degrading and destructive activity which is inconsistent with the standards of this student organization.  The French Club recognizes the dignity of every person and opposes all forms of hazing

Revised: 21 September 2009